My current activities around issues of economic development largely focus around the West Midlands. As I provide Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership with economics intelligence. As part of this work I have produced a number of working briefs around different economic development issues in the local context, and in particular the activities of Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Related to these interests I have developed a third year undergraduate module on Local and Regional Economic Development. Module outline available upon request.

Module introduction: Today, local and regional economies are an important focus for economic, industrial and sustainable development policy given their integration into the globalised economy. Managing economic growth, meanwhile, has seen technological change contributing to the increasing importance of knowledge relative to more traditional factors of production, such as land, labour and capital. In parallel, the range of possible interventions available to policy makers has grown with the increasing complexity and scale of the challenge faced by local economies. In the contemporary economy, policy makers are concern with the ‘quality’ and ‘quantity’ of development. Environmental, social well-being and other quality of life-related objectives have become important as part of moves toward more ‘sustainable’ development paths. This module aims to provide insights into the principles and values that shape definitions and strategies of local and regional economic development as well explore the conceptual and theoretical frameworks through which local and regional economic and development approaches can be understood. This module will examine the instruments and policies that have been deployed by policy makers and some of the techniques used by local and regional economic developmentpractitioners. This module aims to develop skills necessary to research issues around local and regional economic development providing insights into economic development in different places and at a variety of scales.

Learning Outcomes: The intended learning outcomes are that, on completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Critically assess the different conceptual and theoretical frameworks that underlie approaches to local and regional economic development.
2. Compare and contrast differing approaches to the implementation of local and regional economic development policy.
3. Understand and be able to apply a number of the practical tools and techniques used by local and regional economic development practitioners.


Research Project: Regional Strategies for Sustainable and Inclusive Territorial Development

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This research funded by ESPON explored regional strategies for sustainable and inclusive development in four European countries to explore the following policy questions:

  • What are good practices in delivering economic development policies in this new territorial governance framework?

  • What can be appropriate structures that will enable Coventry to share resources and align policy objectives with other participants in the newly created Combined Authority?

  • What can be new forms of cooperation and dialogue amongst municipalities in Southern Denmark around a wide spectrum of issues?

  • What is the role of Piedmont Region in governing the change in the non-metropolitan part of its territory, to ensure that these areas are not excluded from the main development trajectories?

  • How can territorial institutions in and around Oeiras be aligned to promote sustainable development and well-being in the region?

The final report (and its annexes) for this research is available here.

Key points about each study were published in a stakeholder report. Images from this area available here.

There are a number of presentations available which relate to this research: